September 6, 2019


Bienvenidos to the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation!

We are so glad you found us!

No matter where you are from when you visit our Lakeside shul, you will suddenly feel like you are home, surrounded by warm and welcoming Jews.   Community is the essence of Jewish life and it is even more important here since so many of our friends and families live in other countries.  

Wherever you are on your journey – observant, reform, conservative, returning, secular, converting, questioning, the important thing is you are here, and we welcome you.

We are small, friendly, inclusive, culturally diverse, egalitarian independent shul and we believe in making Judaism available and accessible to all who seek it. We serve the Lakeside community and our doors are open to everyone including interfaith and same sex couples and families. We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life, religious or spiritually.


We invite you to explore our website and  join our mailing list (at the bottom of the page). Learn more about our community by visiting and experiencing the shul during services, holidays and events.

If you would like to meet anyone- the Board of Directors, our Lay Rabbi, please click here.  

LCJC Chanukah Party 2019!

You are invited to a celebration of laughter, light and latkes!

Games! Music! Singing! Lighting of the Menorah!  

When: December 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM 

Where: Gosha’s, located on the Carretera in Ajijic. 

Member price – $400P per person cash.  Reservations will begin December 1.  Email to reserve your tickets. 

Then cash pay and pick up tickets (PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES AND TIMES) at Café Negro on Tuesday, December 10 from 10:30-12:30pm OR at Gosha’s on Wednesday, December 11 10:30-12:30pm. 

Nonmember price is $495P and reservations will begin  December 17. Email your reservations to

Then cash pay and pick up tickets at Café Negro on Tuesday, December 17 from 10-12pm OR at Gosha’s on Wednesday, December 18 10-12pm. 

Seating is limited to 60 people. We sold out quickly last year. No tickets available at the door. 


December 7 10am
December 13 6pm
December 21 10am
December 22 4pm Chanukah service
December 27 6pm Janelle’s Restaurant

Much to our dismay it has come to our attention that many members have not been receiving their Monthly or Weekly Shofar. 

MailChimp, our website support, notified us that there was an upgrade to their application two months ago.  However, it was not clearly stated that a new “Active” box had to be checked during the revised subscribing process. As a result, many email addresses on our regular mailing list were no longer activated.  Since this discovery, all the names have been re-entered and should now be receiving all LCJC communications. 

I apologize for this glitch.  If you do not receive your Weekly or Monthly Shofar or know someone who has not been receiving the Shofar, please notify me at

This information will also be posted on our website as well as our Facebook site. 

Thank you for your patience. Your input is very important.

The Torah Study Group will be meeting Saturday, December 14 at 10:00AM in the library at the synagogue. The session will be led by Diane Pincus and Michael Zimmerman. This Parsha, also known as the Sidra, is Vayishlach.
A section of which describes the story of Leah and Dinah, ( mother-daughter connection ) and  (two “outgoing women”), the latter  protected by her father Jacob from being seen by Esau in the previous Parsha, and now leaves home to see the daughters of the land.   

All are welcome – no study necessary.

Laina Dicker has volunteered to update the Yarzheit listing used in services to remember the names of our loved ones who have passed. Please send the names and secular calendar month of passing of those people you’d like to have remembered to Laina at Our thanks to Laina.

LCJC always welcomes volunteers to assist in making our synagogue a place to call home. If you have any ideas/skills/desire to participate, please contact any member of the Board of Directors. We are currently looking for someone to be our Communications Coordinator to take charge of the weekly bulletin, publicity for our various synagogue activities and update/maintain social media sites.

Please keep them and their families in your thoughts.

Bob Shiffman
Barbara and Mike Appel
Rebecca Ford

Let us know of other members of our community in need of support.

LCJC now has a Yahrzeit Board in the sanctuary. If you have a loved one that you would like to remember in this way, contact Laina Dicker at  Individual plaques for the Yahrzeit Board are available for 1000 pesos each.

BENEFIT FROM A VISIT? If you or a friend would benefit from a visit or a phone call.  Please contact Susana Greenberg at or call  332-815 4973

Commemorate an event, honor a memory, or celebrate a loved one by making a donation of any denomination to LCJC’s Discretionary or Operating Funds, or by purchasing a leaf on LCJC’s “Tree of Life” displayed in the Sanctuary. For more information, please e-mail or contact any Board Member.


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